Thoughtful Thursday: Best book you read in April 2013

fantasy and science fiction book reviews

It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s time to report!

What is the best book you read in April 2013 and why did you love it? It doesn’t have to be a newly published book, or even SFF. We just want to share some great reading material. Feel free to post a full review of the book here, or a link to the review on your blog, or just write a few sentences about why you thought it was awesome.

(And don’t forget that we always have plenty more reading recommendations on our Fanlit Faves page and our 5-Star SFF page.)

As always, one commenter will choose a book from our stacks.

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RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.

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  1. April /

    I know I never choose just one book, but after all, we’re sharing good books to other booklovers so the more the merrier, IMO.

    So, the best books I read in April were:
    The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett – a YA with very little romance angst, good characterization and interesting adventures. I sussed out the culprits pretty early on but I’m also, ahem, several years past my teens.

    Imager’s Batallion, L.E. Modesitt – Modesitt does not create the most sympathetic and well rounded characters but he creates such interesting stories around them that it doesn’t matter as much.

    Falling Free, Lois McMaster Bujold (audio) – I adored this story. I was even a tad disappointed when I realized it wasn’t a real Vorkosigan novel but then forgot all about that in the first chapter. Excellent stuff. Good characters, interesting story, morality, ethics, politics and a hint of romance…

    Liar’s Moon, Elizabeth Bunce – this was billed as YA but doesn’t read anything like it. Very interesting worldbuilding and lovely characters.

  2. I’m nearly finished with Ever After by Kim Harrison. This is such a great series and this installment really rolls along.

    • April /

      Yes, Ever After is the best in the series since the first couple.

  3. sandyg265 /

    My favorite was Kitty Rocks the House by Carrie Vaighn. I didn’t like the previous book in the series but this book really got the series back on track.

  4. Melanie Goldmund /

    My favourite book was probably Wolfhound Century, by Peter Higgins. It’s Russian Noir, and at first I was afraid it might be too political and stodgy for my taste, but it turned out to be quite the page-turner, with lots of action and fascinating characters! Apparently it’s the first in a series.

    I also enjoyed Gideon’s Angel, by Clifford Beal, alternate history set in the time of Cromwell, with D’Artagnon as a secondary character.

  5. Anne Hudson /

    Six books I read this month had something in them which made them stand out from the crowd. I wrote a blog about them here The one I am most likely to read again is “Shadows in Bronze” by Lindsey Davis – I love these historical suspense novels set in Ancient Rome.

  6. My favorite book this past month, by far, was A Canticle for Leibowitz. It’s a great apocalyptic story, on its own, and a good read; it’s doubly awesome for those interested in theology and literature.

  7. R.A.Deckert /

    Not new, but a great read – “Midnight at Spanish Gardens” by ALma Alexander. It’s one to read and re-read.

  8. Misti /

    Written in Red by Anne Bishop. It’s the first book I’ve read by her and I really enjoyed it.

  9. I think the best book I read this past month is either Peter V Brett’s “The Warded Man,” or John Scalzi’s “Redshirts.” The Warded Man was excellent for a foray into epic fantasy with a writing style that was familiar in spite of me never having red his stuff before, and Redshirts was just a hilarious romp through Star Trek cliches!

  10. RedEyedGhost /

    Moving Mars by Greg Bear

  11. I also have more than one to list. Unfortunately, no fantasy, but good ones nonetheless.

    The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau
    The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (yes, just read it last month for the first time and WOW! Much more scary than the film)

  12. by Guy Gavriel Kay

  13. Sorry, I don’t know what happened in the previous post. River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay was the best book I read in April.

  14. Tizz /

    Tails (sic) of Wonder and Imagination edited by Ellen Datlow came top on April’s list — a collection of stories revolving around cats, many of which are absolutely superb; she’s such a good editor. And I’ve been re-reading Crystal Soldier by Lee & Miller — the finding of the sentient tree has to be one of the most moving passages ever.

  15. BuffaloCharlie /

    Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay

    Very enjoyable read.

  16. nino /

    The Lords of Darkness , by Tanith Lee

  17. Nino, Congratulations! If you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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